North Nowra Veterinary Hospital
Introducing our wonderful, caring vets at the North Nowra Veterinary Clinic and Hospital near Bomaderry on the NSW South Coast, that will work with you to provide the best healthcare for every stage of your pet’s life. They are very approachable and willing to discuss any concerns you may have about your pet’s wellbeing. We would also like to introduce our caring and well trained nursing team who endeavour to provide your pets with the best possible nursing care and who supply you with up to date information on how to ensure the wellness of your pet.
Dr Cathy Birch BVSc
Cathy graduated from Sydney University and worked in the local area before starting her own hospital in North Nowra. Cathy has a particular interest in feline medicine, however enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Cathy has the ability to remember names and faces of clients and their pets she hasn’t seen in awhile like she had just seen them yesterday. This is a great attribute to have as a veterinarian. Along with her business partner Quentin, Cathy is striving to provide the latest treatments and technology available in the support of your animal’s wellness throughout their life stages.
Dr Quentin Brown BSc. BVMS
Quentin graduated from Murdoch University and joined Cathy in 2001 as her business partner. Quentin has a special interest in cardiology and continues to further his already vast knowledge in this area. Like Cathy he enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Quentin is very approachable and is professional in his manner and is able to put every owner at ease, making them feel as though they have known him forever. Together with Cathy, they have watched their hospital grow into the success veterinary hospital it is today. The new purpose built hospital will allow them to provide all of existing services and more, which will meet and exceed your expectations.
Dr Kristy Gilbert BVsc Hons
Veterinarian & Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Kristy has been working part-time with us since 2011. She graduated with the University Medal from Sydney University in 1998 and has spent time in small animal hospitals in Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne before landing at our door. Kristy enjoys all aspects of internal medicine and soft tissue surgery and acupuncture. She can often be found staring down a microscope at various needle biopsies and urine samples we take.
Dr Robyn Mackay BVSc
Robyn joined the team in 2007 and brings a wealth of knowledge gained through her years of experience as a veterinarian. Her friendly and professional manner has allowed Robyn to fit into our hospital with ease. Please be sure to get to know Robyn as you will benefit from her wealth of experience and knowledge. Robyn is also able to help clients with the more unusual animals, like ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs along with the unique skills required to care and treat wildlife.
Dr Ashleigh Bennett BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS
Ashleigh has recently joined the team in June 2016. Ashleigh graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011. Originally from the northern beaches of Sydney, she moved to the south coast after graduating and never left. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary science and getting to know her clients and patients alike. A love of all things surgery and patient management lead to Ashleigh pursuing her Memberships in the Small Animal Surgery Chapter of the Australian New Zealand Veterinary College, which she obtained in 2016. When not at work, Ashleigh enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking and heading to the beach.
Dr Amanda Brett BVSc
Dr Amanda graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006. She began working in the Illawarra for 4 years before heading off to the UK and Ireland. Amanda worked as a small animal vet throughout the UK and spent a lot of time honing her skills with Exotic pets as this is her main passion. After returning home to Australia Amanda joined our team in March 2014. Whether your companion has scales, fur, feathers or floppy ears Amanda has the skills and knowledge to take good care of them.
Julie will greet you when you arrive at reception with her warm and welcoming smile. Julie also organises all of our stock for us and will locate any product you may require. Julie has been with us for more than 20 years and continues to provide the same professional and caring service to our clients and patients.
Lily has joined the team in November 2014 as our practice manager. Lily loves all animals great and small just like all of us and has a Golden Labrador called Yuri.
Amy is our Head Nurse and joined our team in July 2012. She has completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. In the hospital she coordinates the day’s proceedings and makes sure all the animals in her care receive their treatments and medications throughout their stay.”In her spare time she loves riding her horses Cherry and Raffy and spending time with her 2 dogs, Kuta the staffy and Juno the Boston terrier. She also hangs out with Bowie her African Grey parrot and her flock of 25 chickens.
Ashleigh joined our team as a weekend cattery hand while studying at school. She completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in July 2012. She has always been enthusiastic and passionate about caring for animals and when not looking after your animals in hospital, she is at home looking after her dog Chester.
Kirrily joined our team in 2009 as a Kennel hand whilst studying her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing which she completed in 2012. She has worked as a medical and surgical nurse at both our North Nowra and Jervis Bay practices. Kirrily has a keen interest in animal behaviour and is currently studying to become a Delta Qualified Animal Trainer. At home Kirrily cares for her cockatiel Audrey, bunny rabbit Sherlock, 9 year old Collie X Buddie and her young English Springer Spaniel Tonks. Tonks is currently training in Agility.
Jodie has been nursing with us since September 2007 and completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in July 2009. Jodie has a keen interest in critical care nursing, dentistry and orthopaedics. She would love to further her studies and is hoping to complete a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at some stage.
Megan joined the team in April 2014 and has 10 years experience as a Veterinary Nurse. She has a keen interest in Endoscopy and Radiology. Working at both our North Nowra and Jervis Bay Hospitals, she enjoys getting to know all our clients and beloved pets. When not at the hospital she enjoys keeping up with her Kelpie Tilly and her menagerie on the farm.
Alicia has been a part of the team since 2010. She started as a volunteer whilst studying her certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing which she completed in 2012. In the hospital Alicia loves being apart of all the patient treatments and procedures, watching them recover and go home happy and well. At home she cares for her cat Ripley which she hand raised from 2 weeks of age.
Nurse & Marketing Manager
Katie joined the team in May 2014 and comes with 8 years Veterinary Nurse experience. Katie recently moved down from Sydney and enjoys the quiet change from the city. When not in the hospital she loves taking her new Ridgeback Winston to the beach. Katie looks after our website, Facebook, Instagram and marketing for both our locations.
Emily has been nursing with the team at North Nowra Veterinary Hospital since March 2014. Emily is the manager of our Kitten Adoption Centre and has a passion for surgical nursing, orthopaedics, feline behaviour and reptile care. She enjoys caring for her cat Sheldon and Blue Heeler X Lani.
Narelle joined our team in November 2007 and has 9 years of nursing experience. Narelle’s passion is rabbit care, so if there’s anything you need to know shes the girl to go to. At home she cares for her 4 bunny rabbits, Sooty who is 13 years old, Dipstick, Loki and Odin who are her younger rabbits.
Rhiannon has a certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing from Yallah Tafe and has been with us for many years now! She love all animals but has a passion for horses and dogs in particular. She has 3 dogs a Kelpie called Nibbles, Panda a Cattle dog and Banjo a shih tzu x. She also has 2 cats Salem and Cleo and not to mention 6 horses that she has with her younger sister. On the weekends she can be found riding bush trails on one of her horses, or at home relaxing with her pets.
Tayla joined the team in for work experience in 2014 as a Kennel Hand. At the beginning of 2017 Tayla completed her certificate III in veterinary nursing and is currently completing certificate IV to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. Tayla has a strong interest in medical nursing and enjoys the fasted paced environment. In her spare time she loves taking her toy poodle Vinnie for walks along the beach.
If your cat is staying in our luxury cattery, they will be cared for and pampered by Sue. She has a very caring nature and will look after your cat as if it is her own. She makes sure all our cattery residents enjoy their holiday with us. At home she cares for Plumpkin, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who she adopted from our hospital.
Annual physical examinations ensure your pet's health, wellbeing, behaviour and diet are all in order. Microchipping, vaccinations, fleas, ticks and worming treatments and dentistry are all part of this.
Read about bird health and our top tips for keeping your bird healthy and happy. Remember birds often mask the signs of illness and may only show signs of being unwell when they are very sick so it is important monitor their health closely.
It’s nearly Christmas time and this means chocolate! Over the Christmas period there is likely to be more chocolate around the household than usual, which means our pets sometimes getting a hold of it.
Dr David Fowler discusses the significant and varied health benefits that come with de-sexing your pet, and although it can be a difficult decision to make, it really is important that when pet owners do decide that they are well informed.
Dr Cathy Birch explains that anal glands (or anal sacs) are small pouches located between the anal sphincter muscles inside the anus of your pet.
"They all love animals"
Understanding that some couples who have kids and grandkids, treat their animals like people. Having well trained staff, who get to know us quickly, and who are always so nice, helpful and efficient. They do great follow up calls to monitor their patients, and if they say they will call back, they actually do call back. They love animals and are very involved with their work.
"You guys are simply the best"
Thank you for providing a cattery where our 2 cats have stayed several times, and get outstanding care. They come home each time so relaxed - none of this tail and nose in the air for 48 hours story. The result is we go away and have no worries about our cats.
"Always the best care for our fur babies"
I have always been a client of North Nowra Vets. Their care and compassion is so heartfelt. They care for my cats as if they were their own. Always available for emergency after hours calls. I also use the cattery when we go away and have never had a cat ignore me afterwards. We will remain a loyal customer at North Nowra Vets because they care.
"My best respect to all who are part of this team"
These vets, Cathy and Quentin and their team, I cannot speak more highly of their knowledge and care, it is wonderful and you never leave you pet for surgery wondering. They all have a true love of animals. My best respect to all who are part of this team. Well done.
"Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough"
We have always found Kathy, Quentin and staff very pleasant and helpful. Visits are never rushed and our dog's checkups are very thorough. The options for treatment are clearly explained so the best choice can be made. Our dog has the intelligence and strong will that his breed is known for but he is always very happy even excited to go to the North Nowra Veterinary Hospital and that surely is a strong a recommendation as any.
"Everyone is so welcoming and friendly!"
From a client's perspective, or 'owner of your patient', you have many years brought the "whole package" together in relation to you practice. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly which is great for both human and animal. I have for many years been referring friends, neighbours, acquaintances and clients from our own business to you knowing that they will receive professional care and excellent diagnosis.
"It's all about the little things you get right!"
It's not easy to say specifically which one thing makes for your customer service, as it's all about the little things you get right, such as keeping staff for long periods of time, so we see familiar faces and hear familiar voices on the phone. The fact that a number of people want to stay sends a powerful message that it's a good place to work.
"I pass 3 other clinics to get to you"
A lot of people ask me why I go out of my way to go to your clinic. It's because you have always given the best possible care, the centre is always fresh looking and a smile always available. At first I felt a bit apprehensive seeing someone other than Cathy or Quentin. But each and every time my distress has been eased with the knowledge and support given by all the team. I have always received 110%.
"Thanks for providing a hassle free service and a happy place"
I am pretty impresses when whoever is on the counter manages to call up Xena's details as I'm walking through the door so that by the time I reach the counter it's all up on the screen waiting for whatever has to be done. It's great and really efficient!! Thanks for the hassle free service and a happy place to walk into!
"I couldn't be happier with the service and care for my dog!"
Upon arrival I was very nervous as this was my first time taking my dog to Jervis Bay Vets. I had recently moved away from a hospital I was unhappy with. I could not recommend the Veterinary Clinic enough, the team are like a family and the veterinarian spent quality time with pet addressing the concerns I had. I am very happy.
"The vets took every precaution"
Thankyou to the vets and staff that saved my beautiful dobermann bitch "Sophie", I am a dog breeder and was very impressed with the communication between the vets, they were thorough, caring and professional, with a complicated medical condition (VWD). The vets took every precaution. I would recommend their services, your dog is in great hands here.
Our Great Dane has anxiety issues, for which she is being medicated. These medicines worked quite well for a time, but her anxiety started to increase, so we gave acupuncture a go. The difference was noticeable after the first treatment, and she continued to improve. After a few treatments she plateaued, and has been without treatment for a few months now, and still going well – she is much happier and calmer. I highly recommend giving it a go in Kristy's very talented hands.
"Our girl Freyja has a better doctor than us!"
Every time we visit the vets they always go above and beyond for us. I always feel like they put in so much time for us. They also know how to handle one big wriggly great dane!
"I have never been to such a good vet!"
I am so glad I finally found a vet that really understands my anxious dog! All the nurses and vets are always gentle with my dog! Thank you!